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Bali's Local Tastes

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Real Balinese dishes aren't as easy to find as you might think. Many restaurants offer 'Balinese food light' for tourists but if you want the real flavors of Bali head to a local market first thing in the morning or at night and eat where the locals eat. Pork, tofu, tempeh and green vegetables are staples of the Balinese diet, and you'll usually find a good dose of spicy sambal thrown in whether you're eating breakfast, lunch or dinner. Other ethnic cuisines have begun to open, but most retain a distinctly Balinese vibe.
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Peliatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
The best babi guling (suckling pig) in Ubud can be found at the no frills, open air Ibu Oka, Jalan Sueta / Tegal Sari No 2. Sit on the floor in front of a low table (you may have to share) and rip into a plate of tender pork served with rice and a...
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Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia
First stop in Bali, just off the plane, just a few minutes from the (traffic-crazed) airport: a little restaurant called ACC Minang, because our friend Caroline, who knows how much we love the spicy beef dish called rendang, says this is now the...
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Jl. Raya Sampalan, Dawan, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80761, Indonesia
Among the verdant rice fields, quiet villages and cerulean seas of eastern Bali lies the bustling Klungkung market. Here visitors will find large baskets of snake fruit, ginger, dried sardines, durian, boiled eggs soaked in lemongrass, garlic and...
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Bali, Indonesia
Balinese culture has its roots in the Majapahit Kingdoms of Java, which date back to the 8th century, so it stands to reason, Jamu, Java’s traditional healthy and beauty system, has blossomed on Indonesia’s last remaining Hindu island. Just as the...
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Jl. Raya Singapadu, Singapadu Kaler, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Lawar is a dish of vegetables, coconut, pork and a whole lot of spices that is very important to the Balinese. Making lawar is something men do together early in the morning before ceremonies and then eat together and often take packages to other...
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Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia
Be tutu or Betutu (pronounced bay-tootoo) is a spicy dish of roast or steamed duck or chicken. It is cooked differently depending on where you are in Bali, but is always extremely spicy and the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender. Sometimes the...
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Jl. Nyuh Bulan, Nyuh Kuning MAS, Ubud, MAS, Ubud, MAS, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
WAMM (or What About My Mother?) is one of the most interesting Ubud cafés. The design of this sunny, open-sided space is eclectic, colorful, and comfortable, and you could describe the food with the same adjectives. Every...
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Jl. Nyuh Bulan No. 1, Banjar Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, MAS, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
If you didn't know before you dug into your meal, you might not realize that every item on Sage's menu is vegan (a nice bonus for parents eating with kids). The jackfruit or tempeh tacos are so good many devoted carnivores choose to get...
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Jalan Raya Batu Bolong No.28, Canggu, Badung Regency, Bali, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Seafood lovers, rejoice! Moana Fish Eatery is a Polynesian-style restaurant in Canggu where you will find the freshest, most incredible fish dishes without any fussy sauces, pretentious names, or unnecessarily complicated sides. The simple...
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Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No. 58, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
Cafe Organic is a bright little patch of sunshine along the walk to Canggu's Batu Bolong Beach. Packed in the mornings, this always-lively space is the spot for all-day breakfasts, delicious smoothies, grain bowls, healthy juices,...
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JL Sukma kesuma no 2 , Br Tebesaya - Ubud, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
An excellent addition to the Ubud raw-food scene (there is one!), Sayuri creates tasty food that heals, energizes, and nurtures your body. Even those unconvinced of the powers of a raw-food diet find the food delicious. The menu isn't...
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Jalan Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
"Cuca" translates to vinegar in Indonesian, but this spot is anything but acidic. The atmosphere is a sweet blend of fine dining with friendly spaces that are stylish and contemporary as well as comfortable. Cuca's menu...
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Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Part antique gallery, part cocktail bar, part fine-dining restaurant, Ji blends Chinese, Japanese, and Balinese culture with modern Japanese cuisine and cocktails. The restaurant is located in Hotel Tugu, one of the first luxury hotels in...